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Dec 2, 2013 8:00am PST
-provided insurance who are not affected by the health care law are soon going to see themselves booted off those plans has employers decide to push employees into health exchanges. is that a real danger that americans should be worried about or is this just another fear tactic, something that the gop is using to scare people? >> at the moment i think this is just a big fear tactic. right now i have insurance through the washington post. they don't have to do anything. they don't have to give me a dollar of insurance. the affordable care act, the main change it makes is actually they would have to pay money if they didn't give me insurance so it becomes a more costly proposition for them to stop giving me insurance. the republican argument is it making it harder for employers to stop giving insurance, will mean more of them do it. it's an odd look at it. the best evidence we have on this coming out of the massachusetts reforms, which are very similar to obama care which also have a very similar kind of employer mandate, they have had no employer dropoff. in fact more employers are offering insura
Dec 3, 2013 8:00am PST
.m. eastern surrounded by americans who have been helped by the health care law. just announced this morning, this thursday, msnbc "hardball" host chris matthews will have a sitdown with president obama joined by students from american universities. the so-called young invincibles that the white house needs to reach. each and every day between now and december the 23rd, the administration and congressional democrats will hold an event touting a different positive aspect of the health care law, just like those advent calendars so many of us are using this time of year. seems familiar, right? the ones where every day of the month you pop open another door and reveal something special inside? three years after he signed the affordable care act into law, two months after the botched rollout of the health care website, the administration hopes a three-week campaign will remind all americans why they're doing this in the first place. >> how hard of a slog is it going to be for the white house to try to turn this around? >> i think it's going to be difficult. ultimately they have to prove successfu
Dec 4, 2013 8:00am PST
. yesterday he fended off the gop attacks. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future. we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. we're not going to walk away from it. if i've got to fight another three years to make sure this law works, then that's what i'll do. >> and then there is tomorrow when the president will focus on those so-called young invincibles. he'll join chris matthews for a town hall meeting at american university in washington, d.c., on "hardball." then back on the hill republicans are not backing down. three different committees are holding hearings on health care reform today in the gop-led house. they're putting their focus on highlighting details of cancelled coverage and higher costs. >> the reality is under this system you're going to have millions of winners. i'll be the first to acknowledge that. but you'll have tens of millions of losers as well. you're getting government into a marketplace that it doesn't
Dec 5, 2013 8:00am PST
obama care media blitz does continue and today president obama will focus his message on the laws and the benefits for people with pre-existing medical conditions. this as the white house announces some 56,000 people and their successful enrollment in coverage during exchanges. that's more than double the enrollees for the entire month of october and all of this as the administration ramps up, too, december 23rd and the enrollment deadline for january 1st coverage, jim mcdermott, senior member of the house, ways and means committee. >> as we look back at the calendar, it was two weeks ago when they assembled this team, the senate and house strike teams and what was their task versus the daily barrage of messages that we'll see on tap from the white house. can you explain the difference? >> it looks to me like it's all one plan because you really have to keep pushing and letting people know and try and build momentum in the public the real problem here is public education, if you have never had health insurance before, you don't know how it works and you've never applied for it and
Dec 6, 2013 8:00am PST
to apples. you know, we've had since i think 1940 this mccarron-ferguson law that allows insurance companies under the anti-trust laws. it suppresses competition. what the aca does is enhances competition because you can see policies stacked up right against each other. that is a wonderful thing. what am i hearing from the folks in my district? the people who are uninsured, the people who have pre-existing conditions in pennsylvania alone, you know, we have 2.4 million people with pre-existing conditions. these are the winners in this whole situation. i was talking to a gentleman who has age onset diabetes. and he told me because of that, you know, it wasn't because he was obese. he was not. he was just age onset diabetic. it was costing him $1800 a month to have health care coverage. he said he looked into it, that was more than people with pacemakers. and so under the new system, he's not discriminated against because of his age onset diabetes. and he pays a much more reasonable rate. >> pennsylvania congressman matt cartwright, thanks so much. programming note i want to pass along. if you
Dec 8, 2013 11:00am PST
. the law enforcement was directed right at them, the beatings that went on was certainly awful at that time. currently we had growing in the world the liberation movement. the soviet union collapsed in 1989, we had the rise of poland, you had the velvet revolution going on czechoslovakia. china was beginning to change but they had economic movement like never before, so south africa was really at the tail end of liberating people, not only people of color. that gave idea to nelson mandela stepping out on the stage and being who he was. he just didn't measure up, he exceeded everyone's expectations. >> paul gigoe, for a lot of conservatives at the time, including the reagan administration, they looked somewhat askance at mandela. you wrote the following: the bulk of his adult life, nelson mandela was a failed marxist revolutionary and leftist icon. then in his seventies, he had the chance to govern. he chose national reconciliation over reprizal. but it was that formal piece. >> it was before the communist berlin wall fell, and we were still in a cold war. and there was that debate over comm
Dec 9, 2013 8:00am PST
think it's conventional assumption that they should be able to do this, though. >> reporter: federal law does provide them immunity unless they act in bad faith and that's the question here. this involves a pilot for air wisconsin airways flying commuter planes for united express. he had to take new tests to be upgraded to a different plane and he failed a simulator test three times. he claims he was set up by people in the airline who wanted him out. but in any event when he failed it the last time, he got mad, he yelled at the instructor, threw his headset off, jammed his seat back. after that, the airline decided, you know, we'd better tell tsa about this. this pilot had been cleared, as many pilots are, to carry a firearm. the airline booked him a return flight as a passenger back to his home, but after a couple of hours, told the tsa that he was mentally unstable and might have a gun. and the plane, as it was taxiing away, had to come back to the gate. federal agents came on the plane, dragged him off, opened his suitcase off, said where's your gun? it turned out he was at home. he
Dec 9, 2013 1:00pm PST
favored reducing unemployment benefits. right now, under federal law, you have up to 73 weeks of unemployment benefits. that's why -- there's a number that's been high, because the recession has been so difficult and people have a hard time finding jobs. but the traditional number is something like 26 weeks. and the republicans want to move that number down a lot. their argument is basically the economy is getting better. and they don't want the federal government to spend that much money. so you have a big ideological debate here about the role of unemployment benefits, rand paul, this kind of keeps people from getting jobs. the economic data suggests that's not true. that said, it's hard to get house republicans to agree to basically, you know -- withdraw sequester and also increase unemployment benefits in the same two weeks. so i think it's going to be the challenge as we go forward here. >> the washington speak on this is you might get more results if you don't have to have them swallow too many bitter pills at once. the skeptical view that many people have, they're not g
Dec 7, 2013 11:00am PST
ban private or public insurance plans from covering abortions. essentially creating a law that requires a woman to buy a separate abortion coverage policy if she thinks she might need one in the future. the petition has nearly 300,000 signatures. it was backed by the group right to life of michigan. >> basically the impetus behind this is that we really believe that abortion is not health care. and that tax dollars should not be going to pay to subsidize abortions. that's our takeaway message. >> michigan state senate minority leader gretchen whitworth opposes the petition. i would like to note that we invited right to life of michigan and several of the plans republican supporters who joined this conversation but they are not available. 4.3% of michigan voters signed the petition that is being considered. how did this come about? >> well, right to life earlier this year pushed this initiative. and our republican governor who is a conservative with whom i don't always agree saw that this was too extreme and he vetoed this because what this does is it would require a specia
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